My own personal emotional strength has brought me through many tough times in my life. I know that many people would have let the setbacks I’ve faced completely destroy their morale. I know countless others who have persevered through their own struggles. Recently, I’ve been curious about what psychologically strong people have in common. Here are a few traits seen in people with exceptional emotional strength.
Recovering from Failure or Rejection
Failure and rejection are signs of courage. It means you took chances. You can do a million things right and one misstep can take that all away. Those with emotional strength don’t focus on what went wrong. Instead, we focus on what we’re going to do next. We don’t get wounded by rejection. We look to the future. Instead of seeing a hurdle, we look at how to get around that hurdle so we can do better the next time around.
Recognizing and Expressing Needs
Most people take pride in their own successes and working for what they have. However, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. When you have the ability to realize that you’re over your head, you can find resources. Asking for help means you’re open-minded and willing to learn. You’re less invested in being right and more invested in being better than you were yesterday.
Seeing the Big Picture
If you continuously get bent out of shape over small everyday mishaps, you’ll go insane. People who have a wider perspective can see different sides of a challenging situation. We are less discouraged by daily disappointments because we can take a step back to see how little it will affect the bigger picture, or we focus directly on fixing the problem instead of dwelling on it.
Whether this means owning your mistakes or welcoming a new challenge, those who are described as being “responsible” are usually the strongest psychologically. We are dependable, honest and consistent. Period.
Prioritizing Health and Wellbeing
There is a connection between psychological strength and overall wellness. That is why time with family, doctor appointments, and other necessities of daily life don’t take a backseat to work. We must work to live, but those who are strongest emotionally always see the value in enjoying life itself.
Being Comfortable in Their Own Skin
Are you happy just being you? Those who can sit alone with no entertainment are generally the strongest psychologically. The strongest people are comfortable working in groups, but also thrive when given the chance to work alone. The more you understand yourself, the more resilient you are in challenging situations.
Don’t worry if these traits don’t seem to describe you. Psychological strength is born in some people, but shaped in others. Take everything day-by-day to begin shaping your best self.